Your new wooden floors in Cheam
There was nothing like the palace known as ‘Nonpareil’ – a most famous building of which so very little remains….
Did it have wooden floors? We may hope so, for this most practical of surfaces is as fit for a king as for a semi in suburban Cheam.
Yet they need care and attention… When marks and shabbiness prevail, make amends by calling upon the specialists in wood floor repair and restoration:
The Cheam Floor Sanding Services!
Our Services Embrace the Best Advice and the Complete Job.
Wherever your floor is located:
- In the home – or a commercial setting such as an office, shop, bar, school, gallery, library, museum or restaurant…
Whatever its type:
- solid/engineered boards or parquet/herringbone blocks.
Whatever its condition:
- from any age or level of damage.
We’ll do what your floors require!
- Realign and secure loose boards or blocks
- Replace damaged timber with matching material
- Fill in the gaps between boards – if you’d like an even look
- Sand away old layers of paint or sealant
– our cylinder machines create a smooth finish.
With minimal mess and disruption:
- 99% dust free sanding – with dust collected outside each room.
- Clearing your rooms of furniture and disposing of old carpets,
- Staining the bare wood for a new look to match your decor. Take the opportunity to freshen up your property – or create the atmosphere you desire.
And finally... that vital protection
- of natural oil, hardwax oil or lacquer.
- All completely safe for use around food, children and pets.
- And as we use only premium floor products – your new hard-wearing finish will retain its looks for longer.
- And prove an outstanding investment.
Ask us for your FREE assessment today.
Why Choose Us for Your Needs?
Nonsuch Palace was Henry the Eighth’s main building project in his last years. On his death in 1547, it was incomplete yet habitable.
The Earl of Arundel finished it in 1556 and it was sold to Queen Elizabeth by his son in law Lord Lumley – whose monument of 1609 can be found in the Chapel bearing his name – in 1592.
She enjoyed staying there but its royal favour declined in the 17th century and it was demolished by 1688.
Nonsuch Mansion has nothing to do with the siting or structure of the palace. This 18th century two storey building was enlarged in 1802-06.
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Considering parquet flooring? You’re in good company. Parquet has been a tried and trusted flooring solution since the 16th century, when it was first recorded in France.
Reportedly, the owners of grand historic mansions were fed up with how difficult their marble floors were to maintain and clean. As condensation built up on the marble, the wooden joists of the floor suffered from rot, and the heavy marble sank and became unstable.
Looking for alternatives, wooden floors seemed a sensible choice, but lacked the decorative element which marble brought, so flooring technicians of the time started laying the wooden pieces in decorative geometric patterns. Louis XIV, who was the King of France in the 1680s, installed several creative designs at the Palace of Versailles, which were envied and imitated by his visitors for hundreds of years. Rectangular pieces in different sizes could be arranged in a variety of ways, but the herringbone pattern was the most popular choice. Other patterns soon developed, including ‘Three Fingers’, which uses three narrow rectangles slotted together to make a square. The adjoining squares were rotated 90 degrees, giving a chess board style pattern.
Over time, people got better at looking after their parquet floors. The natural moisture found in wood was discovered to be the culprit for many parquet disasters, and cleaning methods improved, stopping the floors buckling quite so easily.
As with all fashions, parquet lost some popularity in the 1930s, when new flooring surfaces like carpet and Lino were the flooring of choice. Nice as they were, their generic patterns lacked the charm and history of parquet, and as time has gone on, we find ourselves dealing with more and more enquiries from people keen to get a little of that Edwardian charm back into their homes.
These days, the rectangular blocks are far more stable than their historic ancestors, with many employing a tongue and groove system to click them into position quickly and securely. Hardwearing parquet flooring is just as advanced as commercially
alternative laminate flooring planks, or solid wood floors. The advantage of parquet over these long planks of flooring is that the smaller pieces of parquet can be far more easily customised to your own design.
Parquet floors are a lot easier to maintain than you might think. All that historic knowledge, combined with modern techniques like sanding, varnishing, polishing and refinishing of parquet floors, means that your parquet flooring can look as good as new – and be something that King Louis XIV would be seriously envious of!